African wedding rituals can be very African marriage rituals can have some adorning their bodies in a bid to attract members of the opposite sex. Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve are the two busiest "marriage" days in Las Vegas—elopement central! The Catholic tradition of "posting the banns" to announce a marriage originated as a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related. Each culture has its own ways of making someone's special day extra special. In Japan, a couple takes sips of sake to formalize their union and in Jamaica, everyone in the village takes to the street to view the bride.